Larmer resignation worries Leafs players

MIKE ULMER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

Is it time to add the word acting in front of Ted Saskin's job title?

"Ted has not signed his deal, (not) until this whole legal thing is over," Leafs winger Tie Domi said.

A group of more than 50 players have asked the National Labor Relations Board in the U.S. to investigate the way Saskin was hired after the NHLPA fired executive director Bob Goodenow in July.

The initial hiring of Saskin to replace Goodenow, the subsequent conference call and a secret ballot were all criticized by Larmer, who said Saskin withheld vital information from players.

In Larmer's resignation letter, the 44-year-old compared today's PA to the organization he knew during the dark days of Alan Eagleson's reign.

Domi said Larmer bringing up Eagleson's name will catapult players' discussion of the union's operations into a higher level.

"When that word comes out -- that it's like the way it used to be before -- players better wake up and open their eyes.

"The truth is out there. Trevor (Linden, PA president) and (vice-president) Billy Guerin, and all these agents who were doing all this manoeuvering behind the scenes for some of their high-profile clients -- at the end of the day, the truth is coming out," Domi said. "(When) a guy like Steve Larmer speaks out I think you better get the attention of all the players."

Domi was one of several Leafs to have the same concerns.

"I think that says a lot when someone as classy and honest as Steve Larmer says something like that," Leafs centre Eric Lindros. said.

Leafs goalie Ed Belfour, a former teammate of Larmer's in Chicago, said: "It's too bad that had to happen but I hope something will happen because of it. It's time everyone takes notice and everyone gets involved.


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